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THICK END OF THE WEDGE: This isn’t government. This is just drivel

Peter Bruce promo

The economy is truly doomed if Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi represents Cabinet’s consensus view on the roles of the state and the private sector, writes Peter Bruce

Effect of bullies on Musk is not rocket science

Elon Musk will almost certainly have lived one of the most fascinating lives of the 21st century, writes Simon Lincoln Reader

LIQUID INVESTMENTS: Tasting for Nederburg Auction unveils the princes-in-waiting

Michael Fridjhon promo

Distell will profit from the skills and insights of Nederburg cellarmaster Razvan Macici, writes Michael Fridjhon

HALF ART: Recognising a hero’s flaws in a faraway plaster cast

Clive Rice was a man to hold a grudge, distrusted transformation and hated Cricket SA, writes Chris Thurman

Few silver bullets from taxation for SA’s woes

Anthony Butler promo

Tax committee’s work is now beginning to bear fruit in a series of fascinating analytical papers, writes Anthony Butler

STREET DOGS: From the QI Book of the dead

There is something oddly liberating about those who die with nothing, writes Michel Pireu

THE INSIDER: Shark cage operators plumb the depths

A screen shot from video footage shows Australian surfer Mick Fanning being followed by a shark during the final of the J-Bay Surf Open on Sunday in Jeffreys Bay. Picture: AFP PHOTO

Trying to somehow profit from Aussie surf champ Mick Fanning’s narrow escape is amoral

Link between stock market indices and newspapers nothing new

That Nikkei is both a newspaper group and stock market index provides no surprises considering market indices invented by two newspapermen, writes Robert Laing

Previous columns

Pulling Port Elizabeth academy funds deals blow to development

South African Rugby Union’s bizarre withdrawal of funding for its academy in Port Elizabeth a blow to Southern Kings and black rugby-rich region, writes Liz McGregor

STREET DOGS: Grand strategy

Charles Elli, looks at where today’s professional investors might find common ground with Sun Tzu, writes Michel Pireu

DA and the ‘failed state’

As the opposition tries to move away from its doom and gloom scaremongering, it will find the biggest culprits are its own leaders, writes Gareth van Onselen

Racist Russians and feeble Fifa could be in for a shock come 2018

Mninawa Ntloko promo

‘Gross and ugly’ racism in Russian football a black cloud over the 2018 World Cup, writes Mninawa Ntloko

Links in value chains driving BBBEE

Thami Mazwai promo

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development champions broad-based black economic empowerment as a means to reduce poverty and inequality, writes Thami Mazwai

ANC ‘shift’ paints a false picture of the poor

Conservatives who blame poor people for their poverty have a new friend — the African National Congress and its allies, writes Steven Friedman

Cricket is also about smashing self-delusion to reality’s boundary

Cricketers are asked just as frequently to practise self-deception rather than opposition deception. And as millions of retired cricketers will testify, they need it, writes Neil Manthorp in Dhaka

STREET DOGS: Engineers

Professional investors may have more in common with engineers than other professions, writes Michel Pireu

VRROOM WITH A VIEW: Car companies will autocorrect their tech troubles

This industry moves so fast that any legislation will be comically out of date by the time they get round to passing it, writes Alexander Parker

THE INSIDER: Stage set for Zuma’s take on Aesop’s fables

Nkandla. Picture: GCIS

Not all of the costs — such as the Nkandla amphitheatre decoys and security cluckers aka chickens — can be publicly disclosed for fear of compromising national security

ON THE WATER: Beware the face of the man in the ashtray

In an instance of pareidolia the face of SA’s next president appears in the ashtray and it is not Jacob Zuma’s, writes Neels Blom

Meyer needs to realise there is nothing positive when the Boks lose

Bok coach needs to go back to basics because too often he is publicly applauding his players for coming second and finding the positives in defeat, away and at home, writes Mark Keohane

ON THE MONEY: Abil business rescue move may see shareholders pocket some money

Stuart Theobald promo

More really bad news for taxpayers, who are on the line for a R7bn guarantee, writes Stuart Theobald

SA cannot bank on bulwark against reckless racial agenda

New draft regulations suggest the Treasury is no longer able or willing to resist the racial agenda being pursued by President Jacob Zuma’s allegedly directionless government, writes John Kane-Berman

UNEMBARGOED: SA is crying out for unwavering, ethical leaders

Bantu Holomisa is a rare breed with unwavering ethical standing while the majority have chosen silence over the unpopularity and insults that accompany owning your beliefs, writes Songezo Zibi

Find bright new ways to connect to readers

Edgy, emotionally charged reporting by dynamic young presenters may be a way to get millennials, especially in SA, to read more news, writes Anton Harber

THE INSIDER: The utter importance of being Robert Mugabe

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe leaves the SA-Zimbabwe Business Forum in Pretoria on April 9. Picture: AFP PHOTO/STEFAN HEUNIS

Main apple-polisher George Charamba rates his boss’s importance as being on par with US President Barack Obama

LETTER FROM WASHINGTON: Knee-jerk communists kick at Agoa delusions

Rob Davies backs condemnation of Agoa as weapon of newly confident ‘monopoly capital’ to force neo-liberal policies down the throats of SA’s working class, writes Simon Barber

Hold the cupcakes, we need a movement

Women are not just a special interest group, but also political actors who can choose to use their power to change the experience of living as a woman in SA, writes Zama Ndlovu

‘Turn on your heaters and geysers’

Leon Louw promo

One of your moral and patriotic duties is to maximise electricity consumption, as every watt you save conceals the extent of our catastrophe, writes Leon Louw


A crash might be easier to spot in liquidity signals than in weird patterns in price movements, writes Michel Pireu

Finding credibility in an inconsistent environment

Hilary Joffe: Does the Reserve Bank feel it needs to work particularly hard to ensure it is seen as credible and consistent given the current economic policy-making environment?

LETTER FROM NAIROBI: Obama’s visit seen as homecoming by Kenyans

Visit to Kenya by US President Barack Obama viewed as special homecoming by millions of Kenyans claiming him as one of their own, writes Muthoni Maingi

Black businesspeople must capitalise on FSB move

Financial Services Board’s move has created many more opportunities than expected, but black capital has not aggressively taken advantage of them, writes Phakamisa Ndzamela

Why the tribalism label is so hypocritical

Nomalanga Mkhize

President Jacob Zuma is not a tribalist, he is a conservative traditionalist, writes Nomalanga Mkhize

Investors should cast net wide

Different disciplines offer ‘different models’ of best practice in the bewildering phenomenon of the investment world, writes Michel Pireu

The DA’s policy fraud

The Democratic Alliance’s Vision 2029 is dishonest in its hyperbole and lack of meaningful policy — aided by a gulled media, writes Gareth van Onselen

ON WORK: A blast of common sense that frees us from appraisal farce

Lucy Kellaway promo

Lucy Kellaway: Should Deloitte and Accenture say sorry for all those useless annual appraisal systems they have prescribed in the past?

Obama’s African legacy is built on symbolism

US President Barack Obama’s visit a triumph of the ‘politics of symbolism’, but let’s not forget some of the most egregious US policies towards Africa, writes Adekeye Adebajo

How to put advice into action, that is the rub

Mzukisi Qobo promo

The OECD recommendations are useful in identifying macroeconomic challenges but deeper problems are to do with political will and institutional capacities, writes Mzukisi Qobo

TWEET OF THE WEEK: How the public destroys infrastructure

SA’s disaffected public is behind the rampant destruction and theft of public resources on a staggering scale, writes Gareth van Onselen

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